President Donald Trump is criticizing the California governor for rejecting proposed border duties for the National Guard.
The Trump administration said Monday that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border; a state official said nothing was decided.
Trump wants thousands of guard troops to help with immigration enforcement until his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall is built.
The Republican president claimed Tuesday that crime in California will worsen because of Brown's actions.
Trump tweeted: "Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!"
Gov. Jerry Brown's press office responded with the eyeroll emoji.
"Nothing has changed since CA submitted its proposed agreement to the Feds for review - & you thanked us - last week. CA Guard still ready to supplement its ongoing work to combat transnat’l crime. Worth another look," his office tweeted with a link to an earlier statement from Brown about his decision to send troops to the border.
Brown also said Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. that he sent a letter that outlines his objectives and that all sides are close to an agreement.
“It could be 200 or 400 – that number is being worked out,” he said Tuesday morning.
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“We have plenty to do with respect to our borders,” the governor said. “The Guard is chomping at the bit and ready to go.”